Friday, September 04, 2009

Echo and the Bunnymen Keyboardist Dies

Sadly, tragedy strikes Echo & the Bunnymen again. Longtime Echo & the Bunnymen keyboard player Jake Brockman was killed in a motorbike crash on the Isle of Man in the UK on Tuesday, September 1st. He was 53.

According to BBC News, the motorcycle he was riding collided with with a converted ambulance near Kirk Michael. He later passed away from injuries sustained by the accident at Noble Hospital.

Brockman, also called 'the fifth Bunnyman' by fans, joined the group in 1989, and also appears on the Bunnymen's forthcoming LP, The Fountain, out October 12th. The band shared their condolences via Bunnymen.com:

"Our thoughts are with his wife, family & friends.

Love
Ian, Will, Les, Peasy, Pete, Peter & all his fans"


In 1989, original drummer Pete De Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident
at the age of 27 while traveling to Liverpool from London.

Along with Echo & the Bunnymen, Brockman also played with Spiritualized's Damon Reece in the dance outfit, BOM. The duo issued one album, Bom Bom Shevaya -- featuring Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant on keyboards and additional vocals by Pete's sister Lucy De Freitas -- in 1996.

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